The First Tee of The Treasure Coast was founded in the summer of 2012 and has grown each year since inception. We currently conduct programming in partnership with many youth development organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA, the Pace Center and the East Stuart Community Center. Each year over 601 students participate in our Life Skills program. The First Tee National School Program is being implemented in fourteen Treasure Coast elementary schools for over 6,500 students. We offer after school, Saturday and summer camp programs at Hammock Creek Golf Club, The Saints Golf Course, The Champions Club, Riverbend Country Club, Lost Lake, 76 Golf World, Harbour Ridge and Eagle Marsh Country Club. Many area private golf clubs also host our after school outreach programming.
The creation of The First Tee of The Treasure Coast has been made possible by the contributions of a remarkable family to American business and philanthropy. Roy A Hunt worked his way up in the early 1900’s from a mill clerk to Chairman and President of Alcoa Aluminum, the company founded by his father Alfred in 1888. The Roy A Hunt Foundation traces its roots to 1951, when Roy and his wife Rachel, established a family foundation in Pittsburgh, PA to support organizations that strive to improve the quality of life. In 1996, the Foundation set up three special initiatives one being youth development. Today, the Foundation includes three generations of Hunt family members who live all over the country and meet twice a year to make grants to worthy non-profit organizations.
As an advocate for youth development and as an avid golfer since childhood, Andrew looked for ways to connect youth with golf. “It was an easy decision to engage The First Tee to help develop the youth of the Treasure Coast into our future leaders and successful members of society,” said Andrew. “The First Tee offers a lot more than learning how to play golf, as character building, core values and healthy habits are essential elements of the program.” Andrew and The Hunt Foundation remain generous supporters of our chapter and subsequently, they serve the youth of Martin and St. Lucie Counties.